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Australia – Sky City looking for investor in Darwin

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New Zealand-based SkyCity Entertainment could be about to sell off all or part of one of its Australian casinos as it looks for an investment partner to help rejuvenate its struggling Darwin casino. SkyCity bought the Darwin casino from MGM Mirage in 2004 for $A195m. SkyCity’s Chief Executive, Graeme Stephens, who took the helm in… Read more »

Philippines – Philippines’ casinos six per cent GGR increase

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The casino sector in the Philippines has reported that GGR increased year-on-year in the second quarter of 2017 by 6.5 per cent, surpassing P39.1bn (US$759m). The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) said that online gaming generated a further P6.2bn giving a combined total of P45.3bn. The new casino resorts in Manila’s Entertainment City, including… Read more »

Australia – Crown accused of rigging slot machines at The Star

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Crown Resorts, the operator of The Star casino in Melbourne, has been accused of manipulating its slot machines to prevent players from betting smaller amounts. Independent MP Andrew Wilkie has presented video evidence to the courts in Canberra following accusations from three former employees who claim they were told to modify buttons that allowed them… Read more »

Goa – Delta Corp to host World Gaming Festival

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Anil Malani

Indian casino operator Delta Corp is to host the Deltin World Gaming Festival, a five-day extravaganza offering “world-class” entertainment, international cuisine and gaming at the end of November. Anil Malani, President of Delta Corp, said: “It gives me immense pleasure to launch The Deltin World Gaming Festival. Our endeavour always has been to bring in… Read more »

Australia – Queensland to launch ‘worldwide expression of interest’ for second casino licence

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Having recently kicked a previously approved resort casino licence into touch, the Queensland government has now come out in support of a second casino being built on the Gold Coast. It will launch a ‘worldwide expression of interest’ campaign to choose a developer. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has confirmed her support for a second casino licence… Read more »

Australia – Morgan Stanley predicts VIP bounce back for Crown and The Star

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Morgan Stanley has said that Australia’s two leading casinos have seen a surge in VIP play during the first three months of the current fiscal year. The high-roller segment suffered in Australia following the arrests in China of 19 members of staff at Crown who were found guilty of improperly promoting casino gaming. In 2017… Read more »

Japan – Ho hints at artificial intelligence future for Japan’s casinos

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Lawrence Ho

Melco Resorts Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho believes the opportunity in Japan will see ‘artificial intelligence and technology’ create a new style of casino experience. Talking to South China Morning Post, Mr Ho said: “In our industry, there are so many legends like my father, Sheldon Adelson and Steve Wynn, they all created something. It… Read more »

China – City of Dreams counts down to Morpheus opening

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Macau resort casino City of Dreams has marked the countdown to its much-anticipated launch of Phase 3 and the opening of the new Morpheus hotel concept in style by commissioning the award-winning and world-renowned artist Maarten Baas to create a striking art piece at The Countdown Hotel. The “Count:Down Clock” is the first real-time clock… Read more »

Japan – Universal suing Aruze Gaming for unpaid license fees

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Universal Entertainment is suing Aruze Gaming America for US$890,684 for its failure to pay licensing fees for its technology. The two companies are linked by Universal’s founder and former Chairman Kazuo Okada, who owns Aruze Gaming America privately. In a Jasdaq filing, Universal said: “Aruze Gaming America has continued to violate an agreement that it… Read more »

Vietnam – Suncity to provide ‘technical services’ for Van Don casino opening

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Macau junket firm Suncity Group Holdings has confirmed it provide technical services to Van Don Sun Joint Stock Company, in the run up to it opening a casino resort project in Van Don District, Quang Ninh Province, in Vietnam. The project owner Van Don Sun Joint Stock Co. has appointed Suncity Group to provide pre-opening… Read more »